The act of sharing stories featuring Black characters results in positive racial identity and joy. When Black children see themselves in stories and experience storytelling tradition, they can see themselves as important and can experience a sense of belonging.
This list shares stories, tales, and a title with games and songs as well! With a focus on Black authors and artists, these titles give a chance to begin or to carry on storytelling traditions.
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Patricia McKissack compiles a treasury of African American children’s culture: a collection of her favorite childhood games, songs, poetry, and stories that are directly linked to her African American heritage. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby.
Zura is worried about how her classmates will react to her Ghanaian Nana’s tattoos on Grandparents Day, but Nana finds a way to show how special and meaningful they are.
What do you do when an octopus captures Grandma? Put on your superhero cape and rescue her! Two stories in one from award-winning Afro-Latino artist Eric Velasquez. The octopus Grandma is cooking has grown to titanic proportions. “¡Tenga cuidado!” Ramsey shouts. “Be careful!” But it’s too late. The octopus traps Grandma! Ramsey uses both art and intellect to free his beloved abuela.
A collection of African folktales originating in the storytelling tradition.
Saddened by her classmates’ and teacher’s mispronunciations of her name, a girl is empowered by her discovery that names are like songs when she and her mom celebrate the musicality of African, Asian, Black-American, Latinx, and Middle Eastern names. You can also check out this title as eBook on Hoopla.